Things Fall Apart Book Review: The Summary
Okonkwo is a wealthy and respected member of the Umuofia tribe. His elevated status began in his youth when he defeats Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match. Okonkwo's family often went hungry as a child due to his father's laziness and irresponsibility, something which spurred him to work hard and become great. Although Okonkwo has many desirable qualities--strength, work ethic, and perseverance--his temper causes problems. He beats his children and wives, gets bored easily, and is too demanding
Okonkwo receives a boy from another tribe, whom he loves and is ordered to kill after living with him for three years. His part in the murder repels his son and causes severe depression. Okonkwo's status in the tribe is lessened at the funeral of a great townsman when his gun misfires and kills the dead man's son, forcing Okonkwo into exile for seven years.
Obierika, Okonkwo's friend, arrives to give Okonkwo money from the sale of his yams. He tells about Abame, a village destroyed by white men in retaliation for the killing of one of their associates. Obierika returns two-years later and reports that Nwoye, Okonkwo's son has become a Christian missionary. Okonkwo refuses to discuss it.
When the seven years are up, Okonkwo returns and discovers that his home village has been taught the Christian religion. Conflict ensues and Okonkwo desires to expel the foreigners.